August 30, 2013: Gee and Davis Bury Nats

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Date: August 30, 2013
Mets starter: Dillon Gee
Mets: 3
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Dillon Gee
Key player(s): Dillon Gee, Ike Davis, Andrew Brown
Key play: Davis’s home run, Brown’s single

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night in Washington. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Dillon Gee recorded his tenth win of the season and Ike Davis slugged a two-run homer in a 3-2 Mets victory.

Gee and the Nats’ Jordan Zimmerman each started the game with two scoreless and hitless innings pitched. Jordan Zimmerman set down the Mets on three consecutive infield ground balls in the top of the third. Leading off the bottom half, Wilson Ramos hit a home run for a 1-0 Nationals lead. Anthony Rendon singled and Jordan Zimmerman grounded out to shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Rendon moved from second to third base on Denard Span’s ground out to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Gee then retired Ryan Zimmerman on a fly ball to right fielder Andrew Brown that closed out the inning.

Murphy singled for the Mets’ first hit to begin the top of the fourth. Brown popped out to second baseman Rendon and a homer by Davis put New York in front, 2-1. Jordan Zimmerman fanned both Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores to end the inning and Gee set down the Nats on three straight grounders in the bottom half. Travis d'Arnaud doubled to open the top of the fifth. Jordan Zimmerman retired the next three Mets batters and Ramos drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the inning. Gee then got Rendon to hit a ground ball to Quintanilla for an inning-ending double play.

After scoreless sixth and seventh innings, Murphy doubled against Jordan Zimmerman with two outs in the top of the eighth. Brown followed with an infield single on which Murphy came around to score for a 3-1 Mets lead. Washington reliever Fernando Abad walked Davis and got Lagares on a force play grounder to shortstop Ian Desmond to finish off the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi homered off Gee for the Nationals’ second run. Consecutive singles by Span and Ryan Zimmerman ensued. Mets’ reliever Scott Rice then retired Bryce Harper on a ground ball to Murphy for the inning’s third out.

Nats’ reliever Ryan Mattheus pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. New York’s LaTroy Hawkins got Jayson Werth on a grounder to Quintanilla to open the bottom half. Desmond was retired on a line drive to first baseman Davis. Hawkins then threw a called third strike past Adam LaRoche for the final out of the game. The Mets had a victory to start the series.